Easy Jam Tart

Easy Jam Tart

I’ve been meaning to make this tart from David Lebowitz’s blog.  It appeared to be simple (and it is) but with a je ne c’est quoi type of French ‘patisserie’ elegance. Comprendez vous?  I made it with a really nice jar of peach-apricot jam, but you can use any flavour you like. Blueberry, raspberry or strawberry would give it Canadian flair. I think a less sweet or low sugar preserve would work really well – it’s quite sweet with regular jam.  The crust is easier than pie, no rolling required.  Give it a try – serve with coffee…c’est bon. Continue reading

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Ginger Cookies

Ginger cookies

Here’s a tasty and awesome ginger cookie recipe. They go so well with a cup of tea.  As usual, it’s  an easy recipe with minimal ingredients. The dough can be made ahead, rolled into logs and frozen – then sliced and baked when needed.  If you love ginger, you will love these cookies which are crisp and buttery, sort of like a ginger shortbread. Continue reading

Maple Syrup Scones

Maple Syrup Scones

Another scone recipe, I know, I know…but these are so good – and different.  It’s almost maple syrup time and we are in the maple syrup region of Canada, so I thought I’d try this recipe from the cookbook, Breakfast Lunch Tea, and I was impressed to make yet another scone that tastes amazing.  With it’s combination of flours and oats, real maple syrup and butter — it’s pretty hard to go wrong.  The result is a tender scone with a crunchy outside – almost cookie-like, except you get to slather on some butter since it is a scone after all.  As with all scone recipes, this is easy and will make a great addition to a brunch table or as a welcome snack with tea in the afternoon.  Try not to eat 5 in a row. Continue reading

Lemon Ricotta Cake – gluten-free

Lemon-ricotta cake – gluten-free

This is a delicious and simple cake that translates perfectly into a gluten-free recipe.  The original recipe, which is so great, is here: Louisa’s Cake – however,  if you are looking for a moist and delicious gluten-free cake,  give this a try.  It is surprisingly moist and lemony – hard to believe it is gluten-free. Continue reading